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Parramatta Justice Precinct

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Coordinates: 33°48′45″S 151°00′06″E / 33.812439°S 151.001685°E / -33.812439; 151.001685

The Parramatta Justice Precinct (under construction), pictured in 2008.

The Parramatta Justice Precinct (PJP) is located in the western part of the Parramatta (/ˌpærəˈmætə/) central business district. The precinct houses the corporate headquarters of the New South Wales Department of Attorney General and Justice. Other legal offices include the Children's Court of New South Wales and the Sydney West Trial Courts, Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales, Office of Trustee and Guardian (formerly the Office of the Protective Commissioner), NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as a branch of the Family Court. Nearby on Marsden Street is the Parramatta Courthouse and a courthouse where the specialist Drug Court of New South Wales sits. The Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building (named in honor of Sir Garfield Barwick), houses courts of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.

Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[1][2][3] It is located in Greater Western Sydney 23 kilometres (14 mi) west of the Sydney central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. Parramatta, founded in the same year as Sydney by the British in 1788, is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia and is the economic capital of Greater Western Sydney and the sixth largest central business district in Australia.[4]

The Parramatta Justice Precinct provides, in addition to judicial and administrative functions, community service health- and welfare-related needs.


Parramatta CourthouseEdit

The first Parramatta courthouse was opened by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1791 and was closed and demolished in 1826 due to the poor condition of the building.[5] Thereafter, the Parramatta district used a rented building for judicial activities.[5]

The second Parramatta courthouse, located at the corner of Church Street and George Street, was designed by Mortimer Lewis, built in 1837 by Houlson and Payten, and extended in 1853. It was in use between 1837 and 1891.[5] Following its disestablishment, some of the original courthouse's columns were used to form the Boer War Memorial in Parramatta Park;[6] the remainder of the courthouse is now the Courthouse Wall.[6]

The third Parramatta courthouse, located at the corner of George Street and Marsden Street, was opened in 1896.[5] In the 1940s, a new courthouse and offices were added; but, it was still inadequate and a new courthouse was required.[5] Notably, this courthouse bore the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.[5]

The fourth Parramatta courthouse, located across the road from the fifth and current Parramatta courthouse, was opened on 8 November 1974, by Governor Sir Roden Cutler.[5] The courthouse remained in operation from 1974 till 2008.[5]

The Parramatta Courthouse, the fifth and current courthouse opened in Parramatta, is a courthouse complex located within the Parramatta Justice Precinct. The complex includes a Children's Court and a trial court with nine courtrooms for criminal trials.[7]

Parramatta Justice PrecinctEdit

The area on which the current Parramatta Justice Precinct is located was the site for health services since 1790,[8] including the Colonial Hospital, founded in 1818.[8]

In August 2005, the Parramatta Justice Precinct project was conceived and the contract, worth AUD 300 million, for the design and construction project was won by Brookfeld Multiplex.[9] The Precinct's offices are highly energy efficient and are rated 5-star Green Star developments and 5-star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating.[10]

In MediaEdit

The precinct was featured predominantly in the ABC television drama series Crownies, broadcast during 2011,[11] and the subsequent spin-off series, Janet King, broadcast between 2014 and 2016.


  1. ^ "Parramatta (suburb)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 October 2008.  
  2. ^ Parramatta (New South Wales, Australia) - Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ "Parramatta". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Visitor Strategy for Parramatta 2011–2016" (PDF). City of Parramatta.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Parramatta Courthouse" (PDF). New South Wales Bar Association.
  6. ^ a b Parramatta Heritage Ride
  7. ^ "Parramatta Justice Precinct". Brookfield Multiplex.
  8. ^ a b "Parramatta Justice Precinct". International Conservation Services.
  9. ^ Ward, Steven. "The decentralisation of core government services" (PDF). The Urban Development Research Institute Queensland.
  10. ^ Parramatta Justice Precinct - Australian National Construction Review
  11. ^ Olding, Rachel (25 June 2011). "Lights, camera, action: Parrawood takes centre stage". The Sydney Morning Herald (First ed.). p. 14. Retrieved 5 March 2012.

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